“You know what trouble I’s talkin’ ’bout. I’s talking ’bout Mr. Ashley Wilkes. He’ll be comin’ to Atlanta when he gets his leave, and you sittin’ there waitin’ for him, just like a spider.”

7 Dec

It seems like forever since I updated my blog. Almost two months since the last post! Halloween and Thanksgiving came and went. I finished my fall internship at Premier Events and started a part time job to keep me busy and earn some extra money. Bills won’t wait for you unfortunately. We ended up staying here for Thanksgiving which Matt wasn’t too happy about, but that’s what happens when you get a part time job especially so close to the holidays. So here are some pictures of our Halloween month.

We went with a couple of Matt’s friends to the biggest and most popular haunted house in Georgia and in the country. It’s like top 13 in the country. It was incredible the amount of people that were there. And that’s how it is every night. We waited about 2 hours just to get in. Of course they had a DJ to entertain the crowd as they waited in line which was pretty cool. The atmosphere outside I think was the best part. They had some of the actors walking around scaring people and taking pictures. And a couple photo ops like a coffin you could get in or a huge animatronic as you exited the haunted house. Overall It was good, but not as good as It’s hyped up to be. It was more special effects than scary. Maybe It was the 3 guys infront of us that ruined it for us. They were the ones that kept getting scared first so wed see where the actors where hiding. Then one of them at the very beginning got nauceus or something so he kept stopping and his friends would realize minutes later he was far behind. Afterwards we went to eat the Marietta Diner which is always great.

We also went to a popular pumpkin farm about an hour and a half NorthEast of Atlanta and were pleasantly surprised with the place. We bought two big pumpkins that we uh picked and rolled to the car in a wheelbarrow. There were hundreds of pumpkins in every shape and size. Hundreds of parents taking pictures of kids in every shape and size. Kinda made you want one of your own… kinda. But, who needs one when you like to be in the pictures? We also did the hayride which was pretty nice. Got to see where the pumpkins actually grow. The landscape in its gorgeous fall colors and a few scarecrows and halloween decorations along the way. That night we carved our pumpkins and placed them on our front doorstep. Not that we have a back one, but you know what I mean. I also cooked some of the pumpkin we scooped out and made pumpkin bread which was of course delicious.

Speaking of finishing internships. The last big event we had was Taste of Atlanta and is so far my favorite event. There were 100+ restaurants that came out, live cooking on the main stages, and free stuff! my favorite booth had to be the one that was giving out free community coffee and the one giving out free burger sliders. Yumm. To make it even better I got paid very well for helping out that weekend and got free food coupons. It could not have gotten better than that. Oh wait it did. I got one of the VIP bags at work the following week since they didn’t use them all up. More free coffee, tea, candy, etc. It was an interesting internship and I definitely learned a lot about event planning.

And so Christmas is next. I went to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Atlantic Station a couple of weeks ago and It was pretty nice. It was extremely crowded though especially by the 50′ tree and the main stage where they had this guy singing all the Christmas songs and a few girls dancing around behind him. They had reindeer to take pictures with, but I had missed them. A snow alley which was just blocks of ice around a few feet of snow/ice. Kids got really excited over that anyways. A few booths, but not too much food or drinks. Most people actually had Starbucks which was a couple of blocks down. I even got asked twice where I got mine. And so they lighted the tree at 8:00pm sharp and a fireworks show commenced right after. So now there is a lighted 50′ tree in the middle of Atlantic Station which is very similar to the Woodlands with stores and restaurants around that grass/turn area where kids play. I’m thinking we need to go to dinner there soon and sit overlooking the Christmas tree.

We are also ready for Christmas with our very own first Christmas tree. We went out to a nearby Christmas tree lot and picked the lucky fella that would end up dying in one day because we forgot to water him. I really hope It isn’t actually dead dead and It doesn’t turn brown by Christmas. What can I say I’ve never had plants nor desire to. We chose a blue, silver, and white color scheme, but the tree is so large (nothing less would please Matt) that we could not fill it up and stay within our tree budget. But, there is always next year!

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“You’re afraid of what will happen if the war comes. But we don’t have to be afraid for us. No war can come to our world, Ashley.”

8 Oct

I can’t believe It’s already October. Time waits for no one. Unfortunately I haven’t secured a job yet. Iv’e had a couple interviews in Atlanta with great design firms. Internationaly recognized multidisciplinary firms. One in the heart of downtown Atlanta in a huge beautifully designed skyscraper. I guess I’m blessed just for the opportunities I have had. Although, I can’t deny I would prefer to be employed and not just get my hopes up. In the meantine until my path becomes clear I am interning at an events planning company.

I have mostly been doing CAD site plans and layouts for different festivals and events in Atlanta. Some pretty popular  ones actually like Music Midtown, Atlanta BBQ Festival, and Taste of Atlanta. It’s interesting what goes into planning such events and how they go about it. I just try to learn as much as I can whenever I can and help out with whatever is needed. I went on site last week to help for the BBQ festival and that was cool. Plus I had the perk of getting in to the festival the next day for free. Matt and I got these sample tickets and had tons of small portions of pulled pork to taste from different pro teams. We were pretty full just off that. And then I thought I would try these watermelon jalapeno BBQ ribs from one of the teams. They were good, but I don’t know, It’s hard for me to spend money on overpriced food even If I tell myself I should just enjoy myself.

Anyways the weather change has been nice. It’s been about 70 degrees almost every day. It’s perfect. Hopefully we get to go visit a pumpkin patch. Err more like pumpkin farm with a patch. One that has hayrides and a store that sells everything you can dream of with pumpkin in it. We are going to carve pumpkins. Something I haven’t done in oh my gosh what since I was 10? also, I found this great haunted house It’s in the top 13 best haunted houses in the country. So lots to look forward to in the next few weeks. And of course I can’t forget the spiced pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pastries, and halloween movies. There’s so much fun stuff to do in October! the only bad thing we found out is the Renaissance festival is in the spring here unlike Texas when It’s in the fall. But, no worries because there is a medieval times here and I love it! hopefully we can go in November and that will make it my 3rd time.

My birthday came and went Matt took me to this brazilian steakhouse in downtown. Actually across the street from the place I had my last interview. It was alright, but I don’t think it was worth all that money. After we went up for a drink at the sundial restaurant, bar, and lounge. It was pretty cool the lounge actually rotated and made a 360. I also got a new laptop as a birthday gift. It’s a pink Sony Vaio and I love it. It’s the laptop I have been wanting for a few years now. My old laptop was getting old. And now It’s been handed down to my little sister. Anyways keep sending me your prayers as I am always praying for you.

“And I’ll be with him on that midnight train to Georgia”

28 Aug

I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks or so. This is not as bad as my journal. I was looking at it today and my last entry had been about 9 months ago. Wow. You would be lost reading that thing If you were not me. I used to like writing in it, but now, not so much. Not sure why. Maybe It was a phase. A phase that lasted about 8 years…. yeah. That will be fun to read years from now. Maybe. So updates on what’s been going on. After almost two months I managed to land an interview at an International multidisciplinary design firm. So nervous especially because it was last minute so I had no time to prepare. I thought it went well, but they decided I didn’t have the level of experience they were looking for. Its ok it didn’t feel quite right for me, but of course It would have been better than no job. I also got another interview, but with an event planning internship. That one they seemed to think I was more than qualified. Of course. They are talking schedules right now to see when I would be coming in. I might try to take on a part time job too whenever I am not doing the internship. I’m still sending out my information to companies just in case. We will see what happens. I am keeping positive.

We have been exploring a little more too. We went to downtown Atlanta one early morning and drive by Georgia Tech it seemed pretty busy. We ended up at Glady’s Knight Chicken and Waffles restaurant about 2 hours before they opened. We failed to check the hours before we left. So we ended up walking up and down the street and sitting down at a Starbucks to waste time. We were starving. Finally it was time and we headed back. It was pretty packed by the time we were done. The food was great except I now know I am not a big fried chicken wing woman. The waffle was excellent though. And Matt got these boneless hot strips like at Wings N’ More and those were great. The place was nice too playing old R&B which isn’t too usual. If you know me you would know I would enjoy that. Lots of Motown. Of course it’s Glady’s Knights restaurant. I was hoping she would pop up at some point, but she never did. I’m sure some family was there, but I am not that big of a fan to know what they look like.

We also got to go to the Six Flags here last Sunday evening. The park was only open to Matt’s company and some other company from 6pm until midnight. It was fun. Different from Fiesta Texas, but I still liked it. It was  a little confusing getting around and finding the entrances to the rides. And lots of trees and mosquitos of course. But, they did have some pretty good rides. We also got free tickets to go again yay! so we are going again tomorrow. Can’t beat four tickets with parking for only $50.00!  normally that would be what? $200.00 at least. So that’s that for now.

 

 

“Lawzy, we got to have a doctor. I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies.”

9 Aug

No, I didn’t have a baby, but in my world It could have been just as bad. As I type this I am using my left hand and only my thumb on my right hand. So heres the story: I was washing dishes after making dinner for myself and packing Matt’s lunch for the next day when I got to one of the drinking glasses which there were only about two left from the original cheap set I got years ago from Ross. Problem with this set is that they were kinda thin and most had already broken on me over the years so I blame myself for keeping such dangerous glasswear. Anywho I stuck my hand in the glass to wash it with the sponge when all of a sudden it shattered and somehow cut my hand in two places in the most awkward shape. I have no idea how the glass managed to cut me how it did. I wasn’t even scrubbing that hard! so ofcourse I see blood and I’m in pain and freak  out and start crying and yelling like Ive never done before. I have never been cut or hurt this bad in my life so to me I could have been dying. I ran to the bathroom to wash my hand off from all the blood and assess the situation in a calm collective manner… NOT.

I called Matt at work crying and yelling, but the signal where he works sucks so I don’t think he could appreciate fully my state. Eventually he heard me crying and I was able to explain what happened. Unfortunately he couldn’t get off until 1:30am and I cut myself somewhere around 9:30pm. I was able to get the blood to stop by using a couple of small towels and applying pressure over my hand. I REALLY didn’t want to go to the hospital. But, I also didn’t want the scars that would inevitably remain if I hadn’t gone. I thought at first maybe it wasn’t so bad and we could just put bandaids over them, but after getting some advice I had to accept that horrible fact that I had to go get stitches. My worst nightmare. Let me tell you how deathly afraid I am of any type of pain especially needles and in this case the worst possible thing… getting sowed. The ER wasn’t too far and it was actually a nice ER. Not that I’ve ever been to one, but Matt apparently has many times and he was impressed. There was only one other man waiting and I was led in right away. Everyone was pretty nice considering how late it was. I figure everyone would be cranky, but I guess their used to it. It took about an hour and a half for the whole ordeal so it didn’t take too long.

Words can’t describe how nervous and scared I was all the way until we left the hospital. I never looked at anything. Matt was the one that was looking at what the physician assistant was doing. All I could think about was the pain that I was about to suffer. So of course I was breathing extremely loud huffing and puffing as if I was in labor as he was about to begin injecting the anesthesia since I had read that was what was painful and not the actual stitches. To my surprise all I felt were a few tiny pokes and that was that. I asked the guy if he was done putting the anesthesia after a few minutes because I didn’t believe that was it. After my hand went numb I didn’t feel a single thing and the three of us were actually talking and laughing the whole time. I think I was laughing because of how scared I was and I was so happy it wasn’t hurting. I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy once he was done. And then the nurse came in telling me I was getting a tetanus shot and my heart sank again. Why?!!! Again, to my surprise it didn’t hurt. I’m starting to think I only remember it hurting when I was a kid because my arm was smaller… hmmm In conclusion, It’s over I made it through and I am so proud of myself! I can’t believe I got stitches and that I didn’t die in the process. Oh yeah most expensive glass wear I’ve ever bought for what I had to pay last night. Please enjoy the pictures.

“You helpless? Heaven help the Yankees if they catch you.”

31 Jul

Last weekend I got to go see the last chapter in the Harry Potter series. I don’t think I’ve ever gone to see any of the movies at midnight when they have come out or even that same weekend. Hm not sure really how long has it been since the first? 10 years? good lord where has the time gone? I remember getting the first two books in paperback for Christmas. At the same time I got the Sims computer game so not sure how long It took me to unglue myself from the computer before I opened the books. I kind of got disconnected from the series though. Got too busy in High School and College to just keep my head in  a book. I still enjoy them though. And actually I still have to read the 7th book. I’m surprised I never heard any spoilers with so much time in between the 7th book and the release of the last movie. I am thinking I am going to read the entire book series from the beginning so I can remember everything once I do get to the 7th book. It’s not like I have much else to do.

I still haven’t found a job. Sure I’ve been applying, but these things seem to take forever – at least to me everything takes forever right now. It’s not like there are millions of jobs related to Landscape Architecture available. And the few I have found require years of experience or are temporary which is better than nothing I suppose. It’s hard to be positive, happy, and faithful, but I am trying my best. I pray all the time for an opportunity so If you are reading this pray a little prayer for me. It helps so much. I’ve been told that I’ve worked so hard all these years and that It’s my time to relax, but I cannot relax! why?! some people would love to be bums, but as I tell myself maybe It’s not a  bad thing that I don’t like being a bum. Haha.

Anyway here are some pictures from last weekend. The IMAX movie theatre we went to is close to downtown, but not quite. The area used to be industrial and a brownfield eventually. And now It’s kind of like the Woodlands. You can go watch a movie, go bowling, have lunch or dinner, or go shopping! It’s pretty nice you can walk everywhere and even catch a free movie out on their grass turf area in the center. If you have the money you can also live there. There are lofts, condos, townhomes, etc. again If you have A LOT of money you can have this place in your frontyard. I’m still a little skeptical as some reviews say shady people tend to hang out here on the weekends. It’s those teenagers! they say… poor teenagers they are not wanted loitering around anywhere. It’s not like they have much else to do right?

“You can always tell a lady by the way she eats in front of people-like a bird.”

28 Jul

I think I have espn. I say that because the day before we ended up going to the Marietta Diner Matt and I were driving around town when we passed by the diner and I said we should come for dinner sometime around 11pm. Which Matt though was an odd time to be having dinner. Something about going at night was appealing. Maybe the bright lights on the diner. Little did we know we would be going very soon. Matt’s sister came into town again and as usual we got ready in a hurry. The original plans didn’t work out and there was only enough time to go eat. It was late and not many restaurants are open late so we suggested the diner and so there we went around 11pm. So I kept hearing and seeing this place advertised. Even that guy from the food network show Diners, drive-ins, and dives had been here. I don’t know what he got, their menu as we had heard was enormous. From breakfast to Greek to meatloaf served all day. 24 hours a day.

Took us a while to order, but we made our choices eventually. I of course headed Greek and got a lamb wrap. Everyone else’s dishes ran from chicken fingers to omelets to fish. It was great especially because Matt’s plate included salad which he hates so I got to choose the salad. Got to try a little of everything on everyones plate so that was also great and the waitress was pretty cool too and the inside of the place felt kinda homey. They had a bar too I may want to come again, but for breakfast. A Belgium waffle and coffee yum. The best part was for last. They had these HUGE cakes at the front in a glass case as well as a few pastries. And when I say huge I mean huge. We ordered one slice of the chocolate suicide cake and between four of us it was enough. It was the best chocolate cake I’ve had in my life. It was my first diner and I definitely recommend this place and will be back again.

 

 

“It will come to you, this love of the land.”

6 Jul

I finally made my way to Marietta square in Marietta, GA. They hold a farmers market every Saturday and Sunday until November. I had never been to a farmers market and always hear of them or see them proposed in design projects. It was too early for Matt to join me Saturday morning since he works so early every day of the week so I went alone. It was about 10 minutes from our apartment and I was able to find free parking nearby. You can park in the area from 8am to 6pm for two hours which was plenty of time. I only had to walk a short distance to get to the square. It was busy alright from the farmers market which they set up on one of the major streets  to the horse carriages to the locals having a meal or treat while sitting outside one of the many local restaurants. I purposely hadn’t had breakfast to stop by the cool beans coffee shop in the square. I read a lot of reviews recommending it. It was on one of the side streets perpendicular to the square and It took me a little while to finally spot it. Once inside I figured out why the locals love it. It is a small coffee shop, but had plenty of tables to sit. Small and bigger groups of people were relaxing and enjoying their coffee while talking with friends. A couple of people were sitting in comfy chairs or tables on their laptops so free wi-fi yay! there were two little rooms on either side of the main entrance where they had a long wooden desk and chair so you could sit there while on your laptop and watch people as they came in. I’ll have to do that one of these days I go apply for jobs. I had an almond latte which I haven’t had in a very long time. I used to have one almost every morning before working at the coffee shop in the commons my freshmen year. I also got an almond croissant again recommended by everyone. It was amazing. I’m so glad I listened to the reviews. I think they get their pastries from a nearby bakery so I am going to have to go check that place out sometime soon.

After breakfast I headed to the farmers market and while nice it wasn’t as big or diverse as I thought. Most of the stands sold the same thing. Tomatoes, squash, onions, etc. too bad neither I nor Matt like a lot of veggies. I like a few more than him, but I didn’t find them here. I did buy three cloves of garlic for a dollar so I thought that was fair, but most things were expensive. They did have peaches and watermelon and apples, but again too expensive for my budget. Looked like I had to go back to Wal-Mart for some produce. It was still fun to go and I was glad I did. They also sold things like honey, lemonade, and baked goods. Next time I may buy something. There were all kinds of people who went too families, kids, and even dogs dressed in their best outfits. That I really enjoyed. Just watching the kids or dogs. There are all kinds of restaurants too from pizza to Italian to Columbian. Not to mention the ice cream and gelato stores and the bakeries yum. I can’t wait to try them all! The main area of the square in the center was also impressive. It was well maintained. The grass was green, there were flowers of different colors and the water fountain in the centered was looked great. There was also a couple of gazebos and a kids playground. And everywhere you looked there were people using the space. It was a great town square that actually worked.